Israel Houghton - Love God Love People: The London Sessions
STYLE: Gospel RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 95811-17024 LABEL: Integrity 000768481622 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RRP: £12.99
Reviewed by Tony Cummings
This 2010 release shows the singer/songwriter, much loved in church circles for bringing a fiery gospel element into modern worship music, spent a small fortune in recording this set at Abbey Road's renowned studio. Award winning producers Tommy Sims and Aaron Lindsey ensure the sounds on offer are rich and varied, particular standouts being "Mercies", with Kirk Franklin guesting, and "Surprises", with Israel helped out by Fred Hammond. The most powerful worship song of all is the closer "Hosanna", though with an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink eight-minute arrangement some will find it a tad OTT. Also, the album is very much a concept project with short musical interludes and fragments of speech segueing the tracks together which doesn't always work. My personal favourite is the title track opener, which sounds great on radio. Overall, though, this is something of a curate's egg album - effective only in parts.
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